Head to Marzipan for Mediterranean treats
The chic and new Marzipan Café and Bakery opened its doors only last week, and we couldn’t really stay away, given that we were passing by almost every other day and staring at the yet-to-be-open doors. Located on Ulsoor Road, it is run by Greek national Kiki Petriti. All white interiors with bursts of turquoise blue welcome you and transport you to Santorini or Crete — whichever island suits your fancy. You could sit on the indoor swings, admire the industrial tripod floor lamp or like us, make your way to the semi alfresco area complete with faux grass and wooden picnic benches.
The menu is said to be a rotating one and on the day that we went, we ordered the moussaka, but were informed that it had run out. A good sign about the quality of the food, we thought. We went instead with the Bankruptcy Pasta, and a Veg B (the vegetarian burger). To go with the mains, we also asked for a lemon iced and latte. While the iced tea was refreshing it’s container was what had us impressed. Chilled drinks are served in adorable glass bottles that have a red and white checkered cover with a hole for the straw.
It being the second day, the service was understandably a little slow, with orders getting mixed up and the food taking a while to arrive. But the quality of food, courteousness of the owner and the ambience far outweighed the negatives. The red pasta sauce was tangy, with notes of garlic and cilantro. The chicken was succulent, the penne perfectly cooked and the chopped zucchini and capsicum added some freshness to the plate.
The veg burger, served with a generous helping of fries, features a potato-based patty that was not too overly seasoned. We liked the crunch from the little bits of carrots and beans that took it to another level.
Dessert, which was on the house, was a decadent banoffee pie, which is as big as a cupcake — just the right portion size after a hearty meal. The mix of textures from the biscuit crumb, the gooey toffee sauce and diced bananas was everything we were looking for and we loved that the whipped cream was light and sugarless, preventing the dish from being too sweet. Overall, we found that it is a fun, casual place to unwind.
`800++ for two approximately. Details: 9902069665
— Rashmi Rajagopal